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Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed new Foreign Secretary
India's Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary.
He is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service.
He will take over from current Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on January 29, for a two-year tenure.
The appointment has been cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sangita Reddy appointed as the President of FICCI
Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Group, Sangita Reddy has taken over as the President of the FICCI for 2019-20 at the 92nd annual convention of the chamber.
She succeeds Sandip Somany, Vice-Chairman and MD, HSIL.
The Walt Disney Company APAC President & Star & Disney India Chairman, Uday Shankar has been elevated as Senior Vice President of FICCI.
Similarly, Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and MD of HUL, has been appointed as the Vice President of FICCI.
Bank of Baroda partners with Gujarat govt to provide MSME loans
Bank of Baroda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gujarat government to facilitate the flow of credit in the MSMEs sector.
The MoU with the Gujarat government is a step forward for MSME entrepreneurs.
The credit will be provided to the MSME sector for greenfield projects, startups, women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from backward areas under the Gujarat Single Window Clearance Act 2017 & Ordinance Number 1 of 2019 dated October 24, 2019.
Andhra CM launches YSR 'Netanna Nestham' for handloom weavers
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has launched the 'YSR Nethanna Nestham' scheme for handloom weavers.
The scheme will benefit 85,000 handloom weavers families in the state. Under the scheme, the government of Andhra Pradesh will provide financial assistance of Rs 24,000 annually to handloom weavers across the state. every beneficiary will receive a total of Rs 1.2 lakh in the next five years.
Rajasthan government starts its first Janta Clinic
Rajasthan Chief Minister inaugurated its first 'Janta Clinic' at in the Malviya Nagar area of Jaipur.
This clinic open to provide free primary health care to people living in slums.
In its first phase, 12 Janta Clinics are be opened in Jaipur where people will get free medicines and free medical examinations in some cases.
The move is to make healthcare facilities accessible to everyone in the state.
Major Anoop Mishra awarded as Army Design Bureau Excellence Award
Major Anoop Mishra awarded as Army Design Bureau Excellence Award by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat at the Army Technology Seminar.
He was awarded for indigenously developing 'Sarvatra Kavach', a bulletproof jacket that can provide protection against various ammunition including that from sniper steel bullets.
The jacket developed at the College of Military Engineering in Pune.
Centre approves 453-crore loan to Tamil Nadu for Building Fishing Harbours
The Centre approved a Rs 453-crore loan at a subsidised interest rate of five percent to the Tamil Nadu government for setting up three fishing harbors.
The funds will be released from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF) that has a corpus of Rs 7,522 crore.
An agreement was signed between the Union fisheries ministry, the Tamil Nadu government and NABARD in the presence of Fishery Minister Giriraj Singh.
India emerged as the world's 3rd largest producer of Scientific Articles
The US govt agency National Science Foundation (NSF) released a data 'Science and Engineering Indicators 2019' on the number of scientific papers published worldwide for the year 2019.
According to a latest US report, India has emerged as the world's third-largest publisher of science and engineering articles with about 1,35,788
India published 48,998 science and engineering articles in 2008, this increased to 1,35,788 articles in 2018 and the country now accounts for 5.31% of the total world publications in science and engineering.
China, which accounts for 20.67% of all global publications in scientific articles, is at the top position, followed by the US at 16.54%.